In a devastating turn of events, the missing Indian student at Purdue University, Neel Acharya, has been confirmed dead, according to authorities. The student, enrolled in the John Martinson Honors College and pursuing a double major in computer science, had been missing since Sunday. The grim discovery of a “college-aged male” on Purdue’s campus has been identified as Neel Acharya.
The distressing news prompted an urgent appeal from the victim’s mother, Goury Acharya, who took to social media on Sunday seeking help in locating her son. The last known sighting of Neel was reported by a cab driver who dropped him off around the university campus.
“Our son Neel Acharya is missing since yesterday Jan 28 (12:30 AM EST) He is studying in Purdue University in the US. He was last seen by the Uber driver who dropped him off at Purdue university. We are looking for any info on him. Please help us if you know anything,” pleaded Goury Acharya on social media.
Purdue University’s computer science department received the somber news of Neel Acharya’s passing, as conveyed by interim department head Chris Clifton. “It is with great sadness that I inform you that one of our students, Neel Acharya, has passed away,” expressed Clifton in an official email.
The Consulate General of India in Chicago has been actively engaged with officials and the families of the affected students, offering unwavering support during this difficult time. The confirmation of Acharya’s death follows closely on the heels of another distressing incident involving an Indian student, Vivek Saini, who was brutally attacked with a hammer by a homeless man in a store in Lithonia, Georgia. The Consulate General of India in Atlanta condemned the attack and provided consular assistance to the Saini family in repatriating his mortal remains to India.